For this assignment, prepare a white paper to help educate others on mental health issues in adults. Assume this paper could be distributed to either clients or their family and friends who may be struggling with their diagnosis or even how to interact with a loved one who has recently received this diagnosis. Recall the purposes and format of a white paper from those you’ve written in precious courses.
Choose two major theory-based treatments used for working with individual adults with mental illnesses. You have many choices including those introduced in earlier Course and those discussed in the Introductory Lecture above.
In your paper, address the following:
Thoroughly describe each theory-based intervention. Examples of the types of questions you might address include, but are not limited to- What are the basic tenets of the theory? What is the history of the theory/model? Is it based on or did it grow out of another theory? Is this a long- or short-term treatment?
What actually happens in this intervention? (i.e. is this a “sit-down” therapy? Is it a group treatment?). What specific skills does a social worker use when implementing this intervention?
Discuss which mental health disorders are best treated using each of these theories. What evidence is there for this claim? Specifically address what research supports the use of this particular theory for this particular disorder? How has that research been translated into the treatment?
Consider this theory in the context of human rights and social justice. Does this theory specifically address issues of social, economic, or environmental justice? If so, how? If not, based on implicit assumptions you see in this theory/model, discuss the ways in which it does or does not support the social work focus on social justice.
Utilize evidence-based practice to determine which treatments are best for various mental health disorders.
Explain cultural limitations to the various treatments.
Interpret stigmas associated with the labels of mental illness.
Support your assignment with at least three scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including seminal articles, may be included.
Length: 4-6 pages, not including title and reference pages
Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the Course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.
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